Wreckin’ Bowl

Inside Sport - - The Numbers -

It has be­come a wor­ry­ingly com­mon re­frain – the Aus­tralian Test team has suf­fered an­other ba ing col­lapse. There it was again in the Test against Pak­istan in Dubai, when the Aussies crum­bled for just 60 more runs aer the open­ers put on a first-wicket stand of 142. Worse yet, it wasn’t the na­tion’s worst ten-for this year; that came in the wake of the ball-tam­per­ing de­ba­cle in South Africa. It’s hardly ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances at play, though – over the last three years, Aus­tralia has had seven such ten-wicket losses for less than 100 runs.

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